PANAJI : The ‘green building’ concept of Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation (GSIDC) for government buildings seems to have failed with incessant rainfall causing internal damage to the second and the third floors of Yojana Bhavan, the premises of the directorate of statistics, planning and evaluation at Pundalik Nagar, Porvorim, on Friday.The then chief minister Manohar Parrikar had inaugurated the Yojana Bhavan on September 25 last year with the directorate engaged in the collection, compilation, tabulation and publication of the socio-economic data related to Goa, shifting into it from the city office at the Junta House. The cost of construction for the building was Rs 18.75 crore.
The constant rainfall resulted in sections of the false ceilings on the two floors crashing to the ground. The internal walls of the building were also dampened and wet. However, fortunately none of the 150 employees working in the building were hurt.
Director of statistics, planning and evaluation Anand Sherkhane however speaking to this daily refuted the incident.
Incidentally, GSIDC had maintained that Yojana Bhavan will be able to achieve 90 per cent rainwater harvesting and recharge. The building envelope design of the Bhavan minimises exposure to direct sunlight, thus saving the energy requirement and it is adequately ventilated. It also uses ecologically sustainable materials such as high recycled content and rapidly renewable resources with low emission potential, and further has an indoor environmental quality check to maintain indoor thermal and visual comfort as well as air quality.